Reintroductions: Non-gluten grains and dairy


Okay, I’m a bit behind. Please forgive me…the holidays are suddenly upon us, I’m trying to close on an apartment, I was in these neighborhood kids shows last weekend, and I’ve been cooking for Umi Kitchen, which is new and a lot of work for the moment! So, I’m a little slower than usual on the blog. But you watch, they’ll keep coming!! Just let me do some holiday shopping and buy this apartment, too.

So, non-gluten grains! We did great with them. I felt a-okay with everything, oats, brown rice, even white rice. It was really, really nice to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, it’s the right season for it and I’ve missed it. Although I do admit to really wanting a spoonful of brown sugar in there, as well. Next week!!! Also it was great to be able to buy something for lunch instead of bringing everything:


This was my delicious lunch from Dill & Parsley. The sauce is just chili peppers and olive oil, so calm down. I think not having to prepare this made it more yummy.

Dairy, on the other hand, was not as successful!! I was so, so excited to have half and half in my coffee…I even went out and bought the good stuff, the farm half and half that’s not homogenized, and I couldn’t wait. And, it made me feel really gross, right away. I also cooked up an omelet with cheese, in butter:


…and I could actually smell the butter as I was cooking, and my stomach was turning a little. It was okay, but I only ate about half my breakfast, and then I had a salad for lunch, in hopes of feeling a little better.

I did have some success later in the day with a wheel of camembert and slices of apples. But I’ll tell you, I think it was the apple that made the cheese more delicious, and not the other way around.

Maybe just my tastes have changed.

Anyway, I think dairy will take some more experimenting. It’s possible we’ll be fine with some things and not with others. It’s impossible to try every type of dairy in one day.

For now, I think I’ll stick with almond milk.


Whole 30: Days 29 & 30!

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So, 30 days are up!! Featured above is dinner from night 29: a turkey burger wrapped in romaine with tomato, onions and mayo and mashed potatoes. My honey made the whole thing which always makes everything taste better.

Since this is a 60 day thing for us, and we’re only at the halfway mark, we decided to celebrate the end of 30 days by ordering from a place called Umi Kitchen. They have a Whole 30 chef who is really awesome…in fact there were many days that I wanted to order from them but it’s a little on the pricey side , and I’m glad I saved it for a special occasion. Stay tuned for more on Umi…they may well be my next project. 😉

Anyhow it was totally delicious, we ordered Shrimp and “Grits”, and maybe it’s not having to cook it yourself, but it was super yum.


It came with this sweet side salad, too:


And the whole thing was glorious.

So, I think I’m gonna change up the format for the next 30 days of Whole 30…I’m sure people must be sick of this project (I know I am).  I think for the second half I’m just gonna feature individual recipes worth eating no matter what diet you’re on, and unless I have some crazy epiphany or extra thoughts I need to put down in writing some day or other, I’m mostly gonna stick to that. Otherwise, you know, it’ll just be more of the same compliant eating for the next 30 days.

I WILL feature my Thanksgiving menu, after the fact, since we’ll still be on this for the holiday. And I will totally re-visit during the 10 days of reintroduction, since I’m sure that will be interesting. (For me, anyway). 😀 But in general I won’t be posting my every thought.

So, a final summation of where things are after 30 days of Whole 30: I feel really, really amazing. I have more energy than I’ve ever had and I am dropping pounds daily. I hope I have some clothes left that fit me after another 30 days of this! I also can’t wait to eat a pizza. But I really don’t think another 30 days will be too much of a problem.

I could be wrong though. Keep you posted.